My deployment to Baghdad, Iraq is over. I'm now finally back home, enjoying some good food, good reading, and the joys of home life. It was a long but rewarding 4 1/2 months in Iraq, and I'm glad I was able to go, but also more glad to be home.
So the question is, was I able to get any writing done? The answer is, not only was I able to get some writing done, I got a LOT of writing done.
First, the comics. I spent a lot of time mapping out the storylines for The Rift, ClosetWorld, and Redo. And I made progress on all three fronts by getting art moving forward. We're well into issue 1 of Redo, and issue 2 of ClosetWorld is moving along nicely. The Rift is a bit slower, but I love what I've seen so far.
I thought I was going to have some good news out of Marvel for you, namely that I'd sold a Captain America story that would have been about Captain America visiting troops in Iraq. I had some solid backing for the story, including Tom Brevoort and Axel Alonso, the top two editors at Marvel, but financing didn't work out. It's a tough market today, and although there was some key people behind it, the story didn't work out fiscally so they were unable to take it. Still, it was a valuable experience, and I'll keep trying.
Another major project I accomplished was writing my first screenplay. My 4-issue horror series Devolution is now a screenplay, adn I'll be looking for a home for it soon. I've got a lot of learning to do about the business side of how you sell or option a screenplay, and hopefully I find someone willing to take a chance on what I believe is a unique, more literate zombie story, sort of a cross between Panic Room and The Walking Dead.
All in all, I made a lot of progress, and I'm pleased with how much I accomplished in such a short time. Hopefully I'll be finding homes for these projects soon. I'll keep tapping away, writing more and getting out all these ideas in my head. It's only a matter of time before this hard work pays off.
Thanks for reading.